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Tem certeza que deseja excluir esta playlist? Cancelar Excluir. Cancelar Sair. Excluir playlist Cancelar Salvar. Quem pode ouvir Todos Somente eu. I thought this entire time I would rate this book five stars. I may turn back and revise my rating when the burn ebbs off. But right now, I'm stinging from what she did to me. I still stand firm that it was a very good book, and one of the better writing styles I've encountered in some time. Lafferty is magical with the way she writes. She absolutely just pulls the reader into the story and makes you feel like you are a part of the world.

I see a theme in myself: When a book is taking me down one path for the entire book and suddenly changes at the end, I tend to rate that book lower.

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I did the same with Night Film. I know that wasn't the only book I've done that to. So, please, don't let my review deter you from reading this, especially if you've been wanting to. I'll wake up tomorrow, the bitterness will be gone, the confusion of being turned left when I thought we were going right will have lifted, and I'll be able to look at this book and say, Yes, you were wonderful! Thank you for the time we spent together! View all 21 comments. I had to close the book by the 2nd chapter when the Countess, admiring her image in her mirror, asked her handmaiden if she thought she was the most beautiful woman.

The pox faced handmaiden replied that she was, in all of Christendom and the Oriental kingdom, or some nonsense like that. Any further, I think Snow White might pop out. View all 17 comments. Jan 01, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: historic-fictions. Formally charged for only eighty deaths, evidence, supposedly written in her own hand, suggests more than six hundred women fell victim to her sadistic obsession.

The legend surrounding Elizabeth serves as the foundation of Linda Lafferty's House of Bathory, but much like Holly Luhning's Quiver, the book itself is a modern day mystery with supporting historic content. To her credit, Lafferty spends a lot time in seventeenth century Hungary, exploring Elizabeth's world through Zuzana and Janos. This approach allowed Lafferty to examine the period in a way I'd not seen before, but I can't deny feeling cheated as it prevented her from really digging into the countess' character. The modern story didn't really appeal to me.

Betsy, Daisy, Grace, etc. I understood what Lafferty was getting at, synchronicity and all, but I don't particularly care for the theory and as such, found little to appreciate in the ultimate resolution. Now I know what you're thinking. Sychcro what? I'd not heard of it either, but as it is so essential to the story, I took it upon myself to do a little research on Carl Jung, his psychological study of dream analysis and the concept of synchronicity.

I can't stress this enough folks. View all 22 comments. Jan 10, Andrea Murray rated it really liked it. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The history in this novel is extensive, sometimes a little overwhelming, but being a history buff, I appreciated the research and detail in the scenes depicting the seventeenth century world of Eastern Europe and the cour I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The history in this novel is extensive, sometimes a little overwhelming, but being a history buff, I appreciated the research and detail in the scenes depicting the seventeenth century world of Eastern Europe and the court of Elizabeth Bathory.

Lafferty does a great job of interlocking the past and present events, showing how the past leaks its way into our own lives and seeming to support the Jungian discourse of the wheel of life. I found myself wondering what the characters were doing—a sign of good novel. With all of that omniscience, I felt I needed a guidebook at times to keep track of the plot. I also wondered about the age range for this one. View 1 comment. Feb 10, T. Williams rated it did not like it. I dragged through this. This book took over a week to read which is insanely long for me.

How can someone turn one of the most fascinating, macabre, mysterious, psychotic woman in the world and turn her in a bore? Read this book and you'll find out how. Normally, I like different perspectives in a book but this was rough and choppy. Just as I was starting to become invested in a storyline it shifted to someone elses.

There was really no connection and it hinted towards some paranormal, just enou I dragged through this. There was really no connection and it hinted towards some paranormal, just enough to make parts of the story work for the author. I hate when a writer uses convenient magic or paranormal to make a story work for them.

What very little there was of a storyline didn't connect or flow. Daisy Hart was the only relatively non two-dimensional character in the book. There was no character development at all and the author didn't go much into a Taltos, which she mentions a few times. You're pulled through the book only because she has so much foreshadowing that you just want to know what the heck the author is talking about. There's really no explanation in the end - just two psychos in two different time periods.

The only thing I appreciated was the historical reference and the depiction of location and time. I really got a feel for Bathory's Castle. I almost wanted to give this book a 2 star just for that -but it wasn't enough. The story failed in so many ways. Even the wikipedia explanation of Elizabeth Bathory is interesting - how this story failed at her story is just baffling. Dec 17, Stephanie Bookfever rated it it was amazing Shelves: publication , review-copy , netgalley , favorites , adult , historical-fiction. House of Bathory was absolutely an amazing read.

I flew through it in no time because my eyes were glued to the screen of my Kindle. It was that good! I didn't know what I expected starting it but it turned out even better than I had hoped. I've always been intrigued by the story of Elizabeth Bathory.

I love history and I've seen documentaries and movies about her so I was pretty excited to read this book. I'm so glad I got accepted for it via NetGalley. This book is my first Linda Lafferty book House of Bathory was absolutely an amazing read. This book is my first Linda Lafferty book and I'm so excited to have found a new historical fiction author that I can see myself wanting to read all the books from.

Her writing was compelling, never got boring and it was fast-paced. Also it didn't shy away from the horror that Countess Bathory inflicted on so many innocent people. The story also was just amazing and dark. And very exciting, not knowing what was going to happen next or if my favorite characters would survive I loved how it jumped from the 's to and how everything fit together. I just love books like that. There were a lot of POVs that may be a little distracting to some. Even I must admit that at first I had to get used to it but I soon got used to it and now I think it was perfectly done that way.

Another thing I loved was how Carl Jung was a big part of this book. In the last year I've come to be a little intrigued also by Jungian psychology. Or not? Overall, House of Bathory by Linda Lafferty was a fantastic read. I loved the writing and how the author could suck me right into the story, especially the 's chapters. It was like I was there. So amazing! View all 4 comments. Jan 29, Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves: europe , kindle , thriller , historical-fiction-read , eastern-europe.

This book wasn't at all what I expected. I thought I was reading a historical fiction book about Elizabeth Bathory. Although her story features in the pages, the main focus is on Betsy Path, a psychologist, her mother, Grace Path, a doctor, and Betsy's patient, Daisy Hart. I don't usually like time-slip novels but I actually did enjoy this one. My main problem was that we never get to get our teeth into the Countess or the other historical figures. We never really get to know them or any real de This book wasn't at all what I expected. We never really get to know them or any real details about the events that passed during that terrible period of time.

The author teases the reader with short chapters throughout the whole book. The book is actually more of a mystery than a historical novel. I'd say the main theme is actually psychology, the work of a man called Carl Jung and his book, The Red Book. It is definitely worth a read if you're interested in any of the topics, Bathory, psychology, mystery and also quite a strong goth theme but I can't say how accurate the historical detail is as this is a period of history that I've never before read about.

However, it's piqued my interest and I will most definitely be seeking out further information on Elizabeth Bathory and the crimes she committed. View all 8 comments.


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Feb 06, Suneha rated it it was ok Shelves: horror , mystery-suspense , historical-fiction. I expected the countess to be cruel and wicked, which she was, but she was not as wicked or as chilling or horrifying as I expected a serial killer to be. I'm disappointed at her bland portrayal. She put herself in stupid situation which could have easily gotten her raped or murdered in real life.

But of course, since this is fiction, nothing hap 2. But of course, since this is fiction, nothing happens to our sweet character. The words goth and Jung were so overused in this novel that my eye would twitch every time I read it. I really don't understand Daisy's obsession with the goth world. Everything needs to be gothic for her.

And no one looks at a person and sa1ys, "Oh, hi. You're goth. I liked Betsy's mom though, she was sassy and full of class. The ending was stupid. All the strings weren't properly tied at the end and I didn't get ANY feeling of closure or satisfaction after I finished this book. Overall, I'm not highly disappointed as I hadn't expected much from this book because of all the low ratings. I don't know what I was expecting from this book, more information on the countess, I guess but this book failed to tell me what I didn't already know through wiki.

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Feb 14, Naomi rated it did not like it. This author had been recommended to me so when I saw this book pop up on Netgalley. I asked to review it. I finished this book 3 days ago and I am still trying to figure out what in the hell I just read. This book was pure silliness. Elizabeth Bathory is a fascinating person in history. She is even more fascinating now that there are theories that she might have been set up so that the King could seize her property and not pay back a debt that he had made with her husband.

With all of that I have decided that I would like the 5 hours that it took for me to read this book back. I have also decided that I need to take another look at my reviewing guidelines. One characterization detail and we're done. Both mothers are overbearing and just don't understand their daughters. The Countess' servantry are all useless, quivering lumps. The author hammers on how Daisy is a Goth capitalized in every instance : Goth this, Goth that.

The first interaction she has with someone other than her mother an overbearing bitch or her therapist kind of vapid is with a boy from school and she's every inch the hyper-defensive, snarling monster you'd expect from a Hollywood high school film's 'lol, goths are weird' girl. I'm pretty sure she saw a Hot Topic once and decided it would make a good character decoration.

That's all it is so far, by the by: decoration. The girl's goffiness doesn't have any bearing on the story and kind of makes me feel like the author is delivering a personal tract: 'omg, these people are just so weird, like wear some color already, omg'. Combining this point and the last, there's a line delivered by Daisy to the effect of 'Mother, you just don't understand the Goth world' and it would be hysterical if it weren't so cringe-inducing. I'm not sure what she took away from it. For some reason, the name alone annoys me, but I'll own that that's my problem and not the author's.

Her only driving motivation thus far is an obsession with her hero, Carl Jung. Goth : Daisy :: Jung : Betsy. Her mom is also an overbearing, meddlesome bitch. If she appears again, my money's on a contrived death scene or, at most, some eye-socket-damaging pablum where she and Daisy reconnect and learn to love each other. If there's even a hint that she's the Countess reincarnated or preserved over the centuries, I'll scream until the day I die. Considering the writing is fairly fluffy anyway, the pace is breakneck.

It's jarring to switch storylines every couple of minutes, but maybe you prefer a story like that? Somehow, for some reason, I'm not ready to put it down yet. The history and setting details, maybe; lately, that's the thing I get into more than storyline or characters. We'll see if it gets better, but I am definitely not going to elevate my hopes.

Final verdict: two stars feels generous. Jan 02, Alice Rand rated it it was amazing. A Wonderful, Fascinating Read. When I came across House of Bathory I was intrigued. After reading about who she was, and when and where she lived, I had to read this book. I was not disappointed.

I found some brave, plucky, intuitive, resourceful, while others were depraved, deranged, despicable—all quite hard to forget. At the beginning, there is a quote from C. Sep 21, Morgannah marked it as to-read. Jan 17, Gabby rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. Shelves: arc , kindle , fiction , historical-novel , net-galley , Alice Roosevelt Longworth is credited for having said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me.

This wasn't a very good book, and it should have been. The subject of the story is a fascinating, albeit despicable, woman I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. The subject of the story is a fascinating, albeit despicable, woman who terrorizes those who work for her, Countess Bathory. She expects slavish attention to her every whim, and she shows little to no compassion for anyone who cannot meet her incredibly high, impossible standards.

But she is only one part of the story. The other part, told simultaneously with parts from the past, concerns Dr Elizabeth Bath, a psychologist who is following in her father's footsteps both with her profession and with a connection, possibly, to the Bathory lineage.

The Countess Bathory was a real person who victimized hundreds of young girls in heinous ways simply to achieve her goal of being the most beautiful woman in the land.


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The young girls who worked for her and attended to her were beaten, starved, and often disappeared without a trace. In there was no one to speak for the victims or their families. Everyone in the area surrounding Countess Bathory's castle was entirely at her mercy. I thought there would be more depth given to Countess Bathory since this story was supposed to revolve around her. She remains a sinister and infamous historical presence, and a book about her should be fascinating. Unfortunately, the Countess was almost a secondary character to this story. Simply repeating over and over again that she was someone to fear, along with snippets of information about several of the girls who worked for her, does not convey the sense of pure evil the Countess should have had.

Add to that the simultaneous story of a psychologist who doesn't seem to be very good at her job nor at anything else she does, and what results is lots of pages of repeated ideas with no feeling behind them. There is also the subplot involving Daisy Hart. Had that been more interesting, it might have saved the book or given it more credibility.

Instead, Daisy is also uninteresting, has clothes issues, and needs some guidance from a professional much better than Betsy Bath. If I had to recommend this book to someone, it would be a perfect fit for a person looking for a lackluster, mediocre, very loosely plotted novel to carry around with no real interest in who is doing what to whom. Jan 21, Athena Shardbearer rated it liked it Shelves: horror , buddy-read. Read this one with my buddy and horror addict Shandra The most frightening terror in the world was not ghosts, or monsters, not vampires or any of that nonsense.

The most terrifying creature in the world is a madman. I enjoy a book that makes you think and wonder if there are people in this world that are capable of horrible things. Then you do research and find out that, yes there are. I have heard of Countess Bathory, I think in high school maybe college, but never really went more into find out Read this one with my buddy and horror addict Shandra The most frightening terror in the world was not ghosts, or monsters, not vampires or any of that nonsense. I have heard of Countess Bathory, I think in high school maybe college, but never really went more into find out about her.

Well I have now. I do not like her, at all. She took advantage of poor girls and slaughtered them. There are no solid facts about the precise number of girls she killed but it was speculated to be about , but they could only confirm She tortured them and then killed them. The writing was great, and being pulled in was no problem.

I was intrigued by the characters and where the story was going. Daisy was funny and I love her drive to help, she did make me mad once or twice. Betsy and John were so cute together. Grace reminded me of my mom, alot! I think I cringed a lot in this book. Blood was everywhere! Example: On the floor was a tub made of granite, with a long plastic hose running from the drain.

Ugly brown stains had discolored the gray stone. Or: The church cemetery is filled with the bodies of young women, all whom have served the Countess. Their bodies mangled and devoid of blood. I have seen them with my own eyes. They say the Countess bathes in their blood to preserve her youth. So I think this is a really good book, for horror junkies.

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I just hated how it ended, but we can't all have the ending we want. View 2 comments. This book was pretty awesome and horrific. I really enjoyed reading this. The only thing I didn't like was the teenaged "goth". It was cringe-worthy and hella awkward to read. Apr 06, Krista rated it liked it Shelves: adult-fiction , historical-fiction , horror , vampires. This is a historical fiction, as well as, mystery novel.

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Author Lafferty switched between both past 's and present day Although Lafferty is wonderful at going back in forth in time periods never confusing. I found myself drawn to the past and not the present day. The past story line was intriguing and I could have read an entire book on Countess Bathory herself. I felt the present was boring and dragged out until the ending. I also felt the entire Carl Jung thing was just kind of This is a historical fiction, as well as, mystery novel.

I also felt the entire Carl Jung thing was just kind of thrown in. I was hoping to have present day really collide with the past. Other than 1 thing there was no relation to the 2 stories. I mean Lafferty at one point was making it seem as though one of the characters was an incarnate of Countess Bathory and that was not the case at all.

Which would have been so cool. I needed more of the past in the ending. I really loved the characters in the past and the story line. The present day the characters seemed really annoying. Especially Grace, which is suppose to be a professor at a prestigious college. Really smart, however, did really dumb stuff! Overall, my rating is based on the past story and the author Lafferty's writing.

I found the book enjoyable. I never found myself skipping parts, I wanted to but I thought at some point the present day story would pick up, it did a little at the last quarter of the book. I love author Lafferty's books, however, this is my least favorite so far. I would have probably rated this book at 2 star it's ok , if it had been a different author.

However, ,my love of Lafferty's writing made me give it 3 stars. I knew some of her gory history, so that just added fuel to my interest in the book. Therefore, I was so disappointed in what the book offered. The story and all its components never really got a strong foothold on what it was trying to convey. As I read through the book, I was constantly looking for more.

I just felt that the story was just automatically moving from one scene to another with the intent to get to its conclusion. There was never any real development or build up of the characters and the story. Which brings me to my next issue: her characters. I honestly never felt anything for them. In a sense, I only read of their roles in the story and not the people behind them.

Considering her infamous and gory history, I wanted a more expanded narrative of who she was, an exploration of her psyche and what induced her to commit such vile acts and to really take the opportunity to develop these epic scenes involving her. These issues that I have mentioned are really more of the symptoms of the main problem: the book never had a definitive sense of identity. This is just one of many instances where your thinking is led towards a certain idea but it never comes to fruition.

It all just left me feeling confused and uncertain about what was going on i. There was never any true explanation about what was going or it was done half-assed so I was never sure of what exactly happened. Even in the end, there were no explanations or definitive resolutions and it was all done in a quick fashion that still left me in the dark, shaking my head. As a fan of historical fiction, having Countess Bathory as the heart of a book excited me, thinking about all the possibilities the story could have.

Therefore, it was disappointing at what Lafferty produced in this book. It was just plain and predictable without any personality. I had hoped that her other works would be even better. Unfortunately, it went the other way around. This book as a whole just left me indifferent and confused. I hate giving one stars and have been fortunate enough not to do it often, but I cannot honestly give this book any higher of a rating.

Jul 23, Jennuineglass rated it really liked it. This is my second novel by Ms. Her one sentence writing style descriptor would be that she is the literary love child of Philippa Gregory and Anne Rice minus that unfortunate born again Christian phase that Ms. Rice finally abandoned in Gregory and Lafferty have both made names for themselves by writing historical fiction about the women of the past.

Interesting people in their own right who This is my second novel by Ms. Interesting people in their own right who have been relegated to a single chapter or footnote in the overview of European history. Only Lafferty, unlike Gregory, chooses the dark and sinister stories of the bad girls of history. As I mentioned in the prior review, Ms Gregory is vastly more thorough in the "historical" portions of her heroine historical fiction. Resulting in books that, some would say, or more respectable than Lafferty's works. However they are equally enjoyable in my eyes.

But for you to enjoy them, you should be comfortable leaving the perfumed pomp of candlelit dining halls and gardens to descend into the darker recesses of the castle where the rats scurry away from the darkest of human traits. There are two major plot lines in this book one, one being the present and the other being the past. Going between the two is effortless and creates that wonderful sensation of whipping through the chapters because you want to get back to the other story line to find out what happens next.

Resulting in a very quick read. Overlaid on the whole book is a heavy dose of the idea of a "collective consciousness", which made me smirk because a friend and I have discussed this many times into the wee hours of the night. Collective consciousness was an idea proposed by the legendary Carl Jung, and Lafferty uses one of his titular works, The Red Book, to galvanize her characters around the concept that there are no coincidences and that dreams and thoughts can be passed on via the subconscious rather than through more direct lines of communication.

If you prefer rational fact based communication this can, at times, make the story line feel forced or have your skepticism getting in the way of your reading enjoyment. But delightfully, she throws a character in there that has the same sort of skepticism which I appreciated as it provided a sort of Greek chorus to acknowledge all points of view. All in all an enjoyable, though somewhat sinister, read. Good enough that I will probably pick up yet another of her novels in the future when I'm in the mood for something a bit gothic.

Happy reading! House of Bathory was quite a let down for me.

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